Manchester United predicted XI - Norwich City: Will Louis van Gaal rotate his side ahead of crucial week in the race for a top-four place?

Manchester United are about to begin a crucial week in the race for a top-four place and with a chance of rotation, who is van Gaal likely to select in his starting XI?

Manchester United predicted XI - Norwich City: Will Louis van Gaal rotate his side ahead of crucial week in the race for a top-four place?
Louis van Gaal has a few decisions to make ahead of a crucial week in the top-four race (Picture source: Getty Images)

Manchester United travel to Carrow Road on Saturday to face relegation threatened Norwich City in a game which is really crucial for both clubs.

The game is the start of a pivotal week for the Reds as they try and get into the top-four which won't be easy with the Canaries battling for their lives to survive in the Premier League.

Injuries clearing up for the Reds

Louis van Gaal confirmed that the Reds have no new fresh injury problems but that he is thinking about rotating his squad ahead of three games in eight days.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Luke Shaw (leg) are the only injured first team players that van Gaal has to deal with for the game. Shaw though is improving every day after his leg break and could feature before the end of the season.

Marouane Fellaini will miss the game as he begins the first of his three-match suspension for his elbow on Robert Huth against Leicester City at Old Trafford last weekend.

So with a lot of players looking to impress van Gaal before the FA Cup final at the end of the month, who is the Dutchman likely to select in his team versus Norwich this weekend?

Defence likely to stay the same to keep the stability

David de Gea will once again start in goal looking to add to his 14 clean sheets this season. Antonio Valencia is likely to start at right-back after impressing against Leicester last weekend. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind once again will partner each other in centre-back role. 

Marcos Rojo is likely to keep playing at left-back as it key to keep a defensive stability going into the final games.

Schneiderlin likely to come in for suspended Fellaini

Michael Carrick is likely to play once again in midfield, but this time, he is likely to be partnered by Morgan Schneiderlin as Fellaini will miss the game through suspension. Wayne Rooney is likely to be the third man in midfield once again where he has done well since he has been moved to that position. 

Anthony Martial will once again start on the left wing due to being in such good form scoring in his last two game and looking the best player on the pitch. Jesse Lingard is likely to keep his place on the right-hand side ahead of Juan Mata due to a good understanding between the front three.

Martial is in fantastic form for the Reds | Photo: Getty Images
Martial is in fantastic form for the Reds | Photo: Getty Images

Front three to remain the same

Marcus Rashford is set to keep his place up front even though he hasn't scored in a few games due to how well he is doing by stretching the opposition's defences. 

Overall it will be interesting to see how van Gaal uses his squad ahead of a huge week for the club as he will not want to burn out his players and risk any injuries. 

Predicted XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick, Rooney; Martial, Rashford, Lingard.